Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

People returning to work following the long pandemic will find an array of tech-infused gadgetry to improve workplace safety but which could pose risks for long-term personal and medical privacy.

Do You Know Your Microsoft Productivity Score?

Do You Know Your Microsoft Productivity Score?

Whether Microsoft can hone a people-centered, scientific, analytical platform here—or whether it’s so much apophenia, finding patterns and meaning where there may be none—is mostly a matter of salesmanship.

Reviewers call the Amazon Halo wearable the “most invasive we’ve ever tested”

Reviewers call the Amazon Halo wearable the “most invasive we’ve ever tested”

Besides the normal stuff we’ve come to expect from wearables such as location tracking, the health tracking band asks you to submit voice recordings and also to provide pictures, scans of your nearly nude body so that things like fat content percentage can be calculated and tracked.

The pandemic has taken surveillance of workers to the next level

The pandemic has taken surveillance of workers to the next level

Monitoring what people are doing is not the same thing as measuring their work output.

New Facebook Tool Allows Employers to Suppress “Unionize” in Workplace Chat

New Facebook Tool Allows Employers to Suppress “Unionize” in Workplace Chat

Facebook employees sparked a flurry of posts denouncing the feature, with several commenting in disbelief that the company would overtly pitch “unionize” as a topic to be blacklisted.

This is where workplace surveillance leads: towards algorithmic, automated management

This is where workplace surveillance leads: towards algorithmic, automated management

The experience of Angela, who worked in an insurance call center, points to what is likely to become an increasingly serious issue with the algorithmic management of jobs that require inter-personal skills.

CERN Replacing Facebook Workplace With A Set Of Open-Source Software Alternatives

CERN Replacing Facebook Workplace With A Set Of Open-Source Software Alternatives

Now this European Organization for Nuclear Research is moving away from Facebook Workplace to instead make use of more open-source software packages.Pricing and privacy concerns move CERN to Mattermost, Discourse and other Open Source solutions.

Facial Recognition Software Knows It Has Seen Man Before But Can’t Remember His Name

Facial Recognition Software Knows It Has Seen Man Before But Can’t Remember His Name

Damn it, I’m so bad with nonwhite faces.” Concluding that it was better to be safe than sorry, the anxious software has placed the man on several FBI watch lists.

How does it feel to be watched at work all the time?

How does it feel to be watched at work all the time?

Image copyright Robin Lubbock Image caption Humanyze's Ben Waber thinks firms need to find our more about how they function His company gathers "data exhaust" left by employees' email and instant messaging apps, and uses name badges equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) devices and microphones.

WeWork Just Made a Disturbing Acquisition. It Raises a Lot of Flags About Workers' Privacy

WeWork Just Made a Disturbing Acquisition. It Raises a Lot of Flags About Workers' Privacy

This workplace of the future sounds creepy WeWork's latest acquisition is a small software company with 24 employees. Euclid does this by tracking how people move around physical spaces. So it sounds like WeWork might try out Euclid's analytics technology first in those locations.

Facebook moderators are in revolt over 'inhumane' working conditions that they say erodes their 'sense of humanity'

Facebook moderators are in revolt over 'inhumane' working conditions that they say erodes their 'sense of humanity'

These rules allegedly include being unable to leave the property during breaks; being banned from freely using their phones, even in emergencies; and restrictions being placed on when they can take "wellness" breaks; in addition to being unable to speak to family members about their work, according to an open letter from the contract workers that was shared on Facebook's internal forum Workplace and seen by Business Insider.

Google’s lobbying spending set new records in 2018

Google’s lobbying spending set new records in 2018

People on the right are suspicious of the left-leaning corporate cultures at most major technology companies, and they're particularly concerned about how Facebook and Google could use their control over major social media platforms to squelch conservative viewpoints.

"I'm a person, not a number" - why microchipping staff is a sinister step too far

"I'm a person, not a number" - why microchipping staff is a sinister step too far

It revealed over 50 per cent of workers think their employer is monitoring them at work – and that many feared new technology was going to make workplace monitoring even worse.

NHS Grampian accused of using sensors stuck to desks to spy on staff • Digit

NHS Grampian accused of using sensors stuck to desks to spy on staff • Digit

“This is likely to create an oppressive work environment where employees feel constantly and scrupulously monitored. “It is essential that the workforce has a say in this as if put in the wrong hands, it is very possible that staff could be made to feel like they are working in a very oppressive workplace.